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Men's Soccer Scores Three Straight To Win Third Straight Saturday

Men's Soccer Scores Three Straight To Win Third Straight Saturday

CHICOPEE, Mass.  The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Men's Soccer team was on-point Saturday night, claiming a 3-1 decision over the Blazers of Elm's College (EC) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) road match on Leary Field.

A trio of Blue Jays (and a pair of Elijah's) found the back of the net for USJ in this decisive win. Junior midfielder Joel Agbetossou (Hartford, Conn.), junior defender Elijah Rodriguez (Southington, Conn.), and junior defender Elijah Rowland (Hartford, Conn.) all scored on the night in that order. Rowland's goal turned out to be the game-winner (the goal and GW the first of his career). Rodriguez also had his first-ever strike through the cage Saturday. Despite trailing 1-0 early, USJ stayed on the attack, scoring two goals in the first half, and the insurance goal in the 71st minute by Rodriguez to seal the deal.

GAME INFORMATION
Score: Saint Joseph 3, Elms 1
Records: USJ 5-1-1 (3-1-0 GNAC), EC 3-5-0 (2-4-0 GNAC)
Location: Leary Field | Chicopee, Mass.

COACH QUOTE
[Paul Wright]
"Another solid performance tonight from the guys. We created a lot of opportunities in both halves, and did not let one opportunity from Elms get in the way of what we wanted to do. Congrats to both Elijah's on getting their first career goals, I know the feeling, it's special."

GAME NOTES

  • Corner kicks were the difference maker with USJ out-cornering the Blazers, 9-3.
  • The Blue Jays now have a three-game winning streak.
  • First-ever meeting between the squads.

NUMBER TO KNOW

3 – The Blue Jays have won three straight, equaling their longest winning streak in program history, set back in 2018.

GOALIE BREAKDOWN

USJ
 – Junior goalie Matthew Goebel (Norton, Mass.) grabbed another win (4-0-0), allowing one goal in a full 90 minutes. He also had five saves.

EC – Junior goalie Collin Liedke (Newington, Conn.) took the loss (1-4-0), allowing three goals in 90 minutes. He did all he could though, sending back an unmatched 11 other shots, two shy of his career high in 2019.
 
UP NEXT
Men's Soccer continues its four-game road trip with a visit to Albertus Magnus College on Wednesday, September 29 in GNAC action. Kickoff is expected at 7:00 p.m. under the lights of Celentano Field.

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